Coders’ Primal Urge to Kill Inefficiency—Everywhere

Clive Thompson’s new book Coders: The Making of a New Tribe and the Remaking of the World is out today, and Wired has an excellent excerpt. I pre-ordered this and can’t wait to read it:

It’s one thing to optimize your personal life. But for many programmers, the true narcotic is transforming the world. Scale itself is a joy; it’s mesmerizing to watch your new piece of code suddenly explode in popularity, going from two people to four to eight to the entire globe. You’ve accelerated some aspect of life—how we text or pay bills or share news—and you can see the ripples spread outward.


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